Mark 5 People are afraid, because they are whacked?

10 Sep

Matthew 5:14-17

14Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

When the man was healed, folks freaked out and were afraid.

Perhaps because of the miraculous nature of what happened, they were filled with fear and awe… but then why ask Jesus to leave?

Perhaps they looked at the demoniac in an odd sort of way? They could be glad they were not like him? He was a warning, a reference point so to speak and served to keep others in line. Why would Jesus just heal him, and not others… others who might be more disserving in their minds? 

Perhaps they feared a loss of revenue. The story of the dude being healed and a herd of pigs going off the cliff does not bode well for their other herds should others be healed. Otoh… healing vs individual economics? 

What about what Jesus told the guy? Now folks were amazed?

Matthew 5:17-20 18As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis[c]how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.


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